Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

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Practical Nursing ACEN Public Meeting

We invite you to participate in a crucial aspect of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) site visit!

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | 3:00 - 3:30 PM | Hosted virtually on Webex

Currently enrolled students in need of academic advising can find their Academic Advisor and schedule an appointment using Navigate or the website:

In three to five semesters, you can develop the skills necessary to be employed as a practical nurse. Check the events calendar for our information session schedule.

CCD's practical nursing certificate program will teach you to care for the physical needs of patients while promoting their health, healing, and wellness.

You will learn how to provide basic patient care, administer medications, and document medical charts. You'll also develop leadership skills that will prepare you to excel in your career. This program offers in-classroom learning, hands-on practice, inpatient simulation labs, as well as 405 hours of clinical rotation in local health care agencies. CCD will provide you with a well-rounded nursing education.

CCD offers two schedule options to maximize flexibility and accessibility for all students:

CCD offers a Full-Time Day Program

  • Starts in August (Fall Semester)
  • Totals 3 semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer semester
  • Applications are accepted the first week of February through the last week of April.  Eligible candidates will be invited to participate in interviews in late April.

CCD offers a Part-Time, Evening and Weekend program ideal for working students ​​  

  • Starts in January (Spring semester)
  • Totals 5 semesters: Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring and a Maymester semester
  • Applications are accepted from the first week of September through the second week of November.  Eligible candidates will be invited to participate in interviews in late November.

As a practical nurse (PN), you will have access to varying employment opportunities.

  • In long-term care facilities, the PN is often the team leader providing care to multiple residents.
  • In outpatient clinic settings, the PN works in collaboration with doctors in treating and educating patients.
  • In-home healthcare settings, the autonomous PN provides in-home care to patients ranging in age from pediatric to geriatric.
  • In hospitals, PNs provide routine care in many different departments with varying duties.


The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and has approval from the Colorado State Board of Nursing (CSBON) and can be contacted at:

Colorado State Board of Nursing

1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-2430

Nursing HOME | Division of Professions and Occupations (

Effective June 21, 2021, the Practical Nursing Program at CCD was approved for candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), and is anticipating a site visit in the spring of 2024 semester. ACEN can be contacted at:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3343 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, Georga 30326
(404) 975-5000

Attendance at a non-accredited nursing school may make you ineligible to attend an accredited nursing school in pursuit of additional education.

Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

For more specifics about tuition and fees:

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Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you navigate the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has scholarships available. Apply at

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building on the Auraria campus for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, Room 118.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Practical Nursing Certification?

The practical nurse can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, physicians' offices, and private homes.

The employment of licensed practical nurses is projected to grow 24 percent from 2022 to 2023, with an average annual opening of 600 positions. LPNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in-home health environments to care for older patients.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median annual wage for Practical Nurses was $61,700 in 2022 and is projected to increase in the next ten years.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from the Practical Nursing program must take the NCLEX-PN national exam to become licensed Practical Nurses. 

These statistics show our students’ performance on the NCLEX-PN exam and their employment rate as Licensed Practical Nurses after passing their NCLEX-PN and obtaining their Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) licenses.

First Nursing Course Statistics

Year Total number of students starting Total Number of on-time graduates Program Completion Rate
2020-2021 N=27 N=20 74%
2021-2022 N=27 N=22 81%
2022-2023 N=16 N=10 62.5%
2023-2024 N=29 Data not available yet Not available yet

Ultimate Pass Rates

Year First-Time Examination Pass Rate Ultimate Pass Rate (Includes Repeat Testers)
2021 71% (10/14) 95% (19/20)
2022 74% (20/27) 100% (22/22)
2023 100% (11/11) 100% (10/10)
Three-Year Average 78.8% (41/52) 98% (51/52)

Job Placement Rates

Year Job Placement Rate (Number employed/number responding)
2021 77% (10/13)
2022 100% (13/13)
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